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#AnnCoulter refuses to back-down, forces #UCBerkeley to capitulate

Ann Coulter just wouldn’t back down. In the end, UC Berkeley did.

UC Berkeley officials announced that conservative author Ann Coulter will appear on campus after all.

A day after the university called off the April 27 appearance because officials said they could not guarantee the safety of the conservative pundit or anyone else in attendance, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said in a statement that Coulter has been invited to speak May 2.

The decision sparked initial criticism from Coulter and conservatives, especially after the cancellation of two previous speeches by conservative figures Milo Yiannopoulos on Feb. 1 and conservative writer David Horowitz on April 15. But in his statement, Dirks said the university “has an unwavering commitment to the First Amendment … which enshrines and protects the right of freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”

Blah, blah, blah.

Coulter, in a post on her Twitter account after 1 p.m., said she had agreed to the university’s conditions “not to call their bluff, but because I wanted to speak.”

She earlier had threatened to show up and speak on April 27 despite the university’s decision. She told host Tucker Carlson on his Fox News show, “What are they going to do? Arrest me?”

Read the whole story in the Mercury News

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